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QUESTION: I have one of these safes with room key.  It also works; my problem is I don't have the quarter box key. can you help me out. Thanks Doug

ANSWER: Hi Doug,

Interesting - two Tocabi safe questions in one day!

These containers were made in Japan, and distributed throughout the US by Cosmo Electronics in Los Angeles.   Their phone number was  213-858-0433, however this company has been out of business for around 15-20 years now, so the number possibly belongs to someone else by now.

As they are out of business, obtaining factory keys is also not an option, which means that you would have to take the container to a local safe company or locksmith to see if they can hand make a key for you, or replace the lock with a new one.

problem you are going to face is that the service may cost more than the safe is worth!!!

Sorry, the news isn't better.

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QUESTION: the quarter box has a cylinder key. wondering if all units in hotel wouldn't have same key.The safe key was the room key.  THANKS Doug

Hi Doug,

There is a good possibility that the key was either the same for the whole hotel, or they may have had keys by floors.   You may want to check with whom ever you got the container from to see if they have a key - if not, then you are still back to my original solution of taking it to a locksmith to have the lock opened and/or keys made to it.

hope this helps,


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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 42 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.


44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes".

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2009 - 2015 - Listed in AllExperts Top 50 Experts. All Expert Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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